Definition of oligarch
: a member or supporter of an oligarchy
Recent Examples of oligarch from the Web
SOEs had tried such schemes in the 1980s and 1990s, but the government stopped them, fearing that senior executives were siphoning off state assets, much like Russia’s oligarchs.
That's the word invoked endlessly by Trump (and Bernie Sanders) during the 2016 election season to describe how America has come to be subverted by self-interested bureaucrats and oligarchs.
The juicy fruit dangled in front of Trump Jr. was supposedly passed from the Kremlin’s chief prosecutor to a real estate oligarch named Aras Agalarov.
Just ask Lolita Osmanova, the daughter of Russian oligarch Eldar Osmanov, who reportedly had a $10 million price tag on her big day, according to the U.K’s The Independent newspaper.
After all, the stadium was built with the oil money of billionaire Leonid Fedun, a post-Soviet oligarch grown rich on privatized assets.
Kasowitz’s clients include Oleg Deripaska, a Russian oligarch who is close to President Vladimir Putin and has done business with Trump’s former campaign manager.
Marc Kasowitz's clients include Oleg Deripaska, a Russian oligarch who is close to President Vladimir Putin and has done business with Trump's former campaign manager.
There is virtually nobody in the Trump inner circle who is not compromised in some way by the connections the campaign had with the oligarchs and kleptocrats, and now that seems to be spreading into the Cabinet as well.
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Origin and Etymology of oligarch
Greek oligarchēs, from olig- + -archēs -arch
First Known Use: circa 1610See Words from the same year
OLIGARCH Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of oligarch for English Language Learners
: a person who belongs to a small group of people who govern or control a country, business, etc.
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